ILWU letter to AFL-CIO on 1 May anti-war stoppage

Published: 25/02/08

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International
Longshore &
Warehouse Union
AFL-CIO
1188 Franklin Street
San Francisco
California 94109
(415) 775-0533
(415 775-1302 FAX
www.ilwu.org

Robert McEllrath
President
Joseph R. Radisich
Vice President
Wesley Furtado
Vice President
William E. Adams
Secretary-Treasurer

February 22, 2008

John J. Sweeney, President
AFL-CIO
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

President Sweeney,

ILWU delegates recently concluded a two-week caucus where we reached agreement on our approach for bargaining a new Pacific Coast Longshore Contract that expires on July 1, 2008. We expect talks to begin sometime in March and will keep you informed of developments.

One of the resolutions adopted by caucus delegates called on longshore workers to stop work during the day shift on May 1, 2008, to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.

We’re writing to inform you of this action, and inquire if other AFL-CIO affiliates are also planning to participate in similar events on May 1 to honor labor history and express support for the troops by bringing them home safely.

We would appreciate your assistance with spreading word about this May 1 action.

In solidarity,

Robert McEllrath
International President